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Hiking through the Scottish borders
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Highlights

  • Walk the Pennine Way North from Hadrian’s Wall to the Scottish border.
  • Enjoy the majestic vistas of the Northumberland National Park
  • Mesmerising and historical sights of old Roman mile castles and forts.
  • Wonderful and warm “northern” welcome from your accommodations.
  • Taking on the challenge of the Cheviot Hills, a romantic and wild landscape.

The Pennine Way North, takes you from Greenhead in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country to Kirk Yetholm at the Scottish border.

The Pennine Way was the first designated long-distance footpath in the UK and today is probably the most famous. On this section you will be steeped in history as fascinating and historical sights of old Roman mile castles and forts greet you.

The Northumberland National Park is a mix of high hills, dales and crystal clear rivers and you will also cross the rugged Cheviot Hills further north, all the way to Scotland.

The Pennine Way is made up of sections and since each itinerary is different with varying daily walks we give you a summary of each section, rather than a day by day description. We may not mention all the places where you overnight as it depends upon your particular itinerary.


Starting Point: Greenhead

Greenhead is very near Britain’s exact geological centre, a point equidistant from all shores. This interesting fact aside it is also adjacent to Hadrian’s Wall and home to the Carvoran Roman Army Museum, so it is worth trying to arrive early for some exploration,.


Greenhead to Bellingham—22 miles, 35 km

Get ready for one of the most interesting, and at times the most challenging section of the Pennine Way. Begin  on this section, initially from  Greenhead to Once Brewed where the Pennine Way meets Hadrian’s Wall. You will discover Roman Forts and milecastles galore. For this reason Once Brewed makes an ideal stop to give you more time to take in the historical sights. The next day from Once Brewed to Bellingham offers some tranquil forest walking and quiet paths through rolling farmland.


Bellingham to Byrness - 15 miles, 24 km

As tomorrow takes you over the Cheviot Hills enjoy today’s relatively low-level route through heather-clad moors, forestry tracks , green fields  and alongside Redesdale Forest before reaching the foot of the Cheviots and Byrness.


Byrness to Kirk Yetholm - 24.5 miles, 39 km

The Pennine Way throws it’s final challenge at you in this gruelling section over the Cheviot Hills to your final destination of Kirk Yetholm located at the Scottish border.


You made it! Congratulations are in order as you clap yourself on the back for completing this mighty challenge, The Pennine Way North!


Departing Point: Kirk Yetholm

Berwick-upon-Tweed is the closest train station to Kirk Yetholm  (approx 2 hrs by bus) and is on the east coast mainline offering direct routes to London and Newcastle.


Accommodation

You will experience a variety of accommodations, from small B&B's and guesthouses, to country inn's and hotels. They all offer warm welcomes and traditional hospitality.


On the Pennine Way accommodation choices are limited along the trail, so if we cannot secure a reservation for you in towns and villages that are actually on the trail, we will book you into accommodations close by and then provide transfers. On the Pennine Way North, in busy times, this may mean up to 1 or 2 transfers.  Your destination specialist will talk you through options should this be the case.


Additional Nights

If you wish to add additional nights along the trail or at the beginning and end of your itinerary please contact us. You may choose to add some rest days, or extra days where there is plenty of sightseeing. 


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We welcome solo walkers on the Pennine Way, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo and you must have the ability to read a map and compass.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.


We regularly use the following properties, however as suggested above we may accommodate you elsewhere if these are unavailable.



 

 

 



Holmhead Guesthouse - Greenhead



Holmhead Guesthouse - Greenhead

Holmhead offers comfortable accommodation in a great location right on the Pennine Way. Holmhead has four cosy en-suite bedrooms and the rooms lovely countryside views.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Forest View Walkers Inn - Byrness

You will be given a warm welcome at Forrest View. Meals are served in Foresters Restaurant and Bar, where a range of locally brewed hand pulled craft ales are available. Guests can use the drying room to dry walking gear and boots and relax in the new sun lounge.


 

 

 


 

 

 



The FarmHouse - Kirk Yetholm



The Farmhouse - Kirk Yetholm

This Farmhouse B&B has recently been refurbished and renovated to a high standard. Many old features remain such as working shutters and a Georgian staircase. Massages for sore muscles are also offered but need to be booked in advance.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your Pennine Way North walk anytime between April and September and on any date, depending on availability. 


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded depending on which itinerary you choose. The longer itinerary is moderate to strenuous and the shorter ones are strenuous. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and an excellent level of physical fitness.


The route is a mixture of paths through open moorlands and on fields and tracks. Trails may have rocky sections and some of the paths are indistinct and can become very muddy and boggy in wet weather, when progress can often be slow.


Navigation

The route is way marked but in some places the signs become less obvious and the trail is not always easy to find. At least  one of your party should be able to navigate with map and compass. We provide a Pennine Way guidebook and a Harvey map to assist you.


Walking Direction

Due to baggage transfer restrictions we can only offer this walk from South to North (Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm).


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 17kg per person.   Please ensure that you do not bring more than one bag of 17kg, as if this occurs, the luggage transfer company will ask you to pay an additional fee (approx. £8.00 per day) for an additional bag up to 3kg and possibly more if your baggage is over 20kg. The drivers cannot transfer your luggage safely if bags weigh more than the 17kg limit. This additional payment, should it be necessary, needs to be made locally to the driver.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Greenhead

The best way to connect from major gateways to Greenhead is to take either a local bus or taxi from Haltwhistle (5 miles away), where there is a train station. To get to Haltwhistle from Newcastle Airport (the closest one) you can take a train from here via Newcastle centre (approx. 2H journey) You can also take trains from Manchester Airport or Glasgow Airport via Carlisle to haltwhistle. You can find bus information and schedules on the Traveline or Trainline website.


Getting from Kirk Yetholm

The best way to connect to major gateways from Kirk Yetholm is to take a local bus to Berwick-upon-Tweed which takes approx. 2H. You can find bus information and schedules on the Traveline website. Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the main East Coast rail line and is well connected to most major cities in the UK. Should you want to return to Manchester Airport, you can take a train from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Leeds and from Leeds to Manchester Airport.


Should you wish to return to London there is a direct train which takes approx. 4H. It is also possible to fly out of Newcastle Airport. A direct train from Berwick-upon-Tweed brings you to Newcastle centre and from here you can change to Newcastle Airport. The journey time is approx. 1.5H.

Included

  • Overnights in B&B’s, guesthouses & country inns
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed Information Pack, guidebook and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel to Greenhead
  • Travel from Kirk Yetholm
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Solo Walker Supplement

How far in advance do I need to book?

As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as it is an extremely popular walk and the accommodation gets booked up quickly. If booking at short notice, we will always try and accommodate your plans.

Will my accommodation be on the route?

On the Pennine Way accommodation choices are limited along the trail, so if we cannot secure a reservation for you in towns and villages that are actually on the trail, we will book you into accommodations close by and then provide transfers. On the Pennine Way Complete, in busy times, this may mean up to 6 or 7 transfers on the longer itineraries and up to 2 or 3 on the shorter ones.  Your destination specialist will talk you through options should this be the case.

Do I need to be able to navigate?

Yes, some navigation skills are necessary as the route is not way-marked. You follow route notes and a map that are provided.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need very good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

When is the best time of year?

The Pennine Way is very enjoyable at any time between the end of March and end of September although our favourite time of year is the spring and Autumn.

How fit do I need to be?

This holiday is graded depending on which itinerary you choose. The longer itinerary is moderate to strenuous, and the shorter ones are strenuous. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and an excellent level of physical fitness.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use local bus services or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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